Born in Kabul, Sharif illegally left for Europe at the age of 14. He was then abandoned by his traffickers in France before becoming France's junior boxing champion 3 years later. He is still seeking French nationality.
Thirty-six-year-old Mexican-American boxer Oscar de la Hoya has announced his retirement from the sport. Known as the "Golden Boy", de la Hoya won the world championship title 10 times, and has a record of 39 victories and 6 defeats.
In this edition: pensioners go back to work as the crisis hits Japan's ageing population; unemployment raises threat of social unrest in China; and the portrait of a North Korean boxing champion exiled in neighbouring South Korea.
Three years after his last fight, Ukraine's Vitali Klitschko retook his WBC heavyweight title by defeating Nigeria's Samuel Peter in Berlin. Klitschko and his younger brother Wladimir together hold all three boxing heavyweight titles.